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Fecal straining

Fecal straining: Introduction

Fecal straining during a bowel movement can be a symptom of various conditions (and is also dangerous causing various possible complications just from straining). Bowel straining may also be associated with either constipation or diarrhea, and some conditions causing fecal straining may be listed under constipation or diarrhea....more »

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Causes of Fecal straining:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Fecal straining. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Fecal straining

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Causes of Types of Fecal straining:

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Fecal straining: Symptom Checker

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Fecal straining Treatments

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Stories from Users for Fecal straining

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Message Boards for Fecal straining

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Diagnostic tests for Fecal straining:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Fecal straining. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Inspection of external anus looking for disease that may cause constipation e.g. anal fissure; or pathology that may be a result of constipation and fecal straining e.g. hemorrhoids, anal fissure
    • Digital rectal examination - if there are symptoms of intestinal obstruction and the rectum is empty it may suggest complete intestinal obstruction but if there are some feces in the rectum there may be an incomplete intestinal obstruction; if rectal mass is found it suggests colon cancer.
    • Test perianal sensation and the anal reflex to support neurological cause of bowel infrequency
    • Abdominal examination for tenderness, a mass, fecal loading, abdominal distension or a irregular liver edge e.g. a mass in the right lower abdomen may suggest bowel cancer or diverticulitis; a mass on right, left or upper abdomen may also suggest bowel cancer; tenderness in the left lower abdomen, with or without a significant mass may suggest ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis or irritable bowel syndrome
  • Blood tests
  • more tests...»

Fecal straining: Animations

Fecal straining: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Fecal straining may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Fecal straining

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Fecal straining. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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Fecal straining: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Fecal straining

Chronic digestive conditions often misdiagnosed: When diagnosing chronic symptoms of the digestive tract, there are a variety of conditions that may be misdiagnosed. The best known, more »

Intestinal bacteria disorder may be hidden cause: One of the lesser known causes of diarrhea is an imbalance of bacterial in the gut, sometimes called intestinal imbalance. The digestive system contains a variety of "good" more »

Antibiotics often causes diarrhea: The use of antibiotics are very likely to cause some level of diarrhea in patients. The reason is that antibiotics kill off not only "bad" bacteria, but can also kill the "good" bacteria more »

Food poisoning may actually be an infectious disease: Many people who come down with "stomach symptoms" like diarrhea assume that it's "something I ate" (i.e. food poisoning). In fact, it's more likely to be an infectious diarrheal more »

Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the more feared conditions for a child with abdominal pain, it can be over-diagnosed (it can, of course, also fail to be diagnosed with more »

Leg cramps at night a classic sign: The symptom of having leg muscle cramps, particularly at night, is a classic sign of undiagnosed diabetes. However, there are also various other causes. See causes of leg cramps or more »

Celiac disease often fails to be diagnosed cause of chronic digestive symptoms: One of the most common chronic digestive conditions is celiac disease, a malabsorption more »

Vitamin B12 deficiency under-diagnosed: The condition of Vitamin B12 deficiency is a possible misdiagnosis of various conditions, such as multiple sclerosis (see more »

Chronic digestive diseases hard to diagnose: There is an inherent difficulty in diagnosing the various types of chronic digestive diseases. Some of the better known possibilities are peptic ulcer, colon cancer, more »

Fecal straining: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Fecal straining: Related Rare Diseases

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Fecal straining: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Organs affected by Fecal straining:

The list of organs typically affected by Fecal straining may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Fecal straining

The list below shows some of the causes of Fecal straining mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Fecal straining?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Fecal straining. Of the 21 causes of Fecal straining that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 0 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 1 causes are "common" diseases
  • 0 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 2 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 20 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Fecal straining:

The following list of conditions have 'Fecal straining' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Causes of Fecal straining Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Fecal straining based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Fecal straining?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Fecal straining, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    Classifications of Fecal straining:

    Subtypes of Fecal straining:

    Tenesmus (52 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Fecal straining:

    Digestive symptoms (5299 causes), Constipation (726 causes), Bowel movements (2383 causes), Stool symptoms (2508 causes), Bowel problems (2509 causes), Defecation symptoms (2383 causes), Intestinal symptoms (5299 causes), Lower abdominal symptoms (3048 causes), Abdominal symptoms (5930 causes), Digestive system symptoms (5299 causes)

    Symptoms related to Fecal straining:

    Constipation (726 causes), Bowel obstruction (72 causes), Stool symptoms (2508 causes), Dehydration (284 causes), Poor diet, Low-fiber diet, Inadequate water intake, Laxative abuse (4 causes), Inadequate exercise, Pregnancy (699 causes), Advancing age, Travel-related constipation, Poor bowel habits

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